Cult of the holy Saints

  • Photographer
    Eymeric Laurent-Gascoin
  • Date of Photograph
    July 2016
  • Technical Info
    Large format 4x5" sheet film

It is better to reach Dirree Sheek Huseen on foot, as it is the pace of man and cattle: a rhythm conducive to reflection. To reach this location is to connect with a place of worship and the men and women who live there. It is also a place to come in contact with the 50,000 “pilgrims” who come here twice yearly. The town is named after Sheek Nur Huseen, a legendary and mythical character, around IX century AC, who crossed the country on foot performing all kinds of miracles. His peregrinations came to an end at Diree where he founded a madrasa numbering 6,666 students. "Have they, then, never journeyed about the earth, letting their hearts gain wisdom, and causing their ears to hear? Yet, verily, it is not their eyes that have become blind - but blind have become the hearts that are in their breasts" (Quran 22:46)

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